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General => Africa Info & other International Travels => Topic started by: Welsh on February 25, 2020, 02:02:26 pm

Title: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: Welsh on February 25, 2020, 02:02:26 pm
I see that the Bridge at Kazangula will be completed this year and take over from the Ferry (which had a habit of sinking) for those who travel that way.  8)
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: steveindar on February 25, 2020, 02:37:28 pm
They screw everything up in. Africa, where are the days when you could travel Cape to Cairo off road? Mind you, these days you travel on what's left of the road...

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Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: Firecoast on February 25, 2020, 02:39:09 pm
We had to cross a day after one of the ferries capsized... I sure was glad to set a crocodile an hippo-free foot in Zambia!
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: eberhard on February 26, 2020, 11:25:26 am
There, where indicated, was a half submerged ferry.
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: eberhard on February 26, 2020, 11:26:40 am
The Botswana post, many years ago.
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: eberhard on February 26, 2020, 11:28:41 am
About 30 odd years back. Coming from the Zambian side.  The road on the Botswana side was not tarred yet back then. You only got the tarred road as from Nata.

Waiting for the then ferry.

Looking back toward Zambia.
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: Welsh on February 26, 2020, 11:31:59 am
I remember in 1982, going from the Botswana side at Kazungula into Zim, the Zim side had a map of Rhodesia on the wall of Immigration, with Rhodesia crossed out and Zimbabwe written in pencil. Having just come out from the UK it was a bit of a surprise for me, it is probably still there like that.  :biggrin: 
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: Welsh on February 26, 2020, 11:33:01 am
About 30 odd years back. Coming from the Zambian side.  The road on the Botswana side was not tarred yet back then. You only got the tarred road as from Nata.

Waiting for the then ferry.

Looking back toward Zambia.

Yes, I remember them tarring the road up from Nata.  :thumleft: :sip:
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: eberhard on February 26, 2020, 11:33:58 am
I remember in 1982, going from the Botswana side at Kazungula into Zim, the Zim side had a map of Rhodesia on the wall of Immigration, with Rhodesia crossed out and Zimbabwe written in pencil. Having just come out from the UK it was a bit of a surprise for me, it is probably still there like that.  :biggrin:

 :imaposer: That's what I love about Africa.
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: eberhard on February 26, 2020, 11:35:53 am
This time from the Botswana side. Road tarred already.

Waiting for the new ferry.
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: eberhard on February 26, 2020, 11:37:35 am
On board.
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: eberhard on February 26, 2020, 11:38:48 am
Somewhere on another trip. Waiting for the ferry.

On board.
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: eberhard on February 26, 2020, 11:39:51 am
Taking a wash while waiting for the ferry. The locals found it very amusing. White boy getting eaten by hippos.
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: Amsterdam on February 26, 2020, 11:44:34 am
I would have added my own photo of this ferry crossing in 1979 except that we never did.  The ferry was out of action, supposedly because the Rhodesians had bombed it and had threatened to do it again if it was put back into service.  We ended up putting our bikes on the train in Livingstone and picked them up in Francistown 2 weeks later.
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: eberhard on February 26, 2020, 12:31:39 pm
I would have added my own photo of this ferry crossing in 1979 except that we never did.  The ferry was out of action, supposedly because the Rhodesians had bombed it and had threatened to do it again if it was put back into service.  We ended up putting our bikes on the train in Livingstone and picked them up in Francistown 2 weeks later.

I love these old biker pictures. The clothes, the shoes, the socks, etc. So unpretentious.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: steveindar on February 26, 2020, 02:04:55 pm
I would have added my own photo of this ferry crossing in 1979 except that we never did.  The ferry was out of action, supposedly because the Rhodesians had bombed it and had threatened to do it again if it was put back into service.  We ended up putting our bikes on the train in Livingstone and picked them up in Francistown 2 weeks later.
I may or may not remember or not remember something or nothing about that incident/non incident back in the day.
I spent many hours watching that damn ferry when one day it wasn't where it should have been anymore.

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Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: 0012 on February 26, 2020, 02:25:03 pm
awesome pics and stories!!   :3some:
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: xrforlife on February 26, 2020, 02:32:22 pm
i spent 3 weeks watching that ferry in '88 .
beautifull area of the world , fisheagles flying low on the water at dusk
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: eberhard on February 26, 2020, 02:49:38 pm
Watch: a R3.9 billion bridge linking Durban to the Democratic Republic of the Congo comes to life
Jay Caboz , Business Insider SA Feb 25, 2020, 11:55 AM

•   After almost 6 years, a major bridge is nearing completion which will connect Zambia and Botswana and ultimately link the port of Durban in South Africa to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
•   The R3.9 billion Kazungula bridge which is 923 metres long is a vital part of Africa’s North-South Corridor.
•   The route is a notorious bottle neck for transport as commuters and freighters alike need to make their way across the river by ferry, the main mode of transport.
•   It can take as long as 8 days for vehicles to cross the busy river. 
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After almost 6 years, a major bridge is nearing completion which will connect Zambia and Botswana and ultimately the port of Durban in South Africa to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

By the end of 2020 the much anticipated R3.9 billion, 923 metre-long Kazungula bridge, which is a vital part of Africa’s North-South Corridor, is expected to be open to the public.

Located at the spot where the Chobe and the mighty Zambezi river meet, the bridge is a crucial logistical linkage for freight in and out of the copper belt, reported FTWonline.

The route is a notorious bottle neck for transport as commuters and freighters alike need to make their way across the river by ferry, the main mode of transport. According to African Development Bank (AfDB), which funded $51 million (R771 million) into the project, it can mean delays of up to 8 days, severely impacting on trade throughout the region. The remaining balance is shared between the Japan International Cooperation Agency (57.5%), governments (9.2%) and EU-ITF Grant (1.8%).

Kazungula bridge will include a single-line railway track, as well as a paved section for pedestrians to cross, reports The South African.
But while it has taken almost 6 years to build, the opening of the bridge is almost two years behind. The project was expected to be completed in 2018, however the project was brought to a halt when it was was alleged that Zambian government failed to meet loan repayments, reported FTWonline.
The bridge plays an important role for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to create 'One Stop Border Posts' at Kazungula; Nakonde/Tunduma which links the United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia; and the Mwami/Mchinji which links Zambia and Malawi.

They have been funnelling billions into other critical infrastructure upgrades such as the new Walvis Bay Container Terminal in Namibia, and associated Dry Ports, rehabilitation and upgrading of critical sections of the Regional Trunk Road Networks in most regional corridors.

Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: CliveG on February 26, 2020, 09:42:53 pm

 eberhard, now thats what I call a real adventure bike, you had there.
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: Mr Zog on February 27, 2020, 03:05:04 am
I crossed over with that ferry in 2010 when Mrs Zog and I did a trip with my old Landy.

We visited Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, back into Botswana. Mrs Zog returned to SA with the Landy from Bots and I went straight back to work in Zambia...

It was a trip of a lifetime  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: EssBee on February 27, 2020, 12:59:49 pm
I would have added my own photo of this ferry crossing in 1979 except that we never did.  The ferry was out of action, supposedly because the Rhodesians had bombed it and had threatened to do it again if it was put back into service.  We ended up putting our bikes on the train in Livingstone and picked them up in Francistown 2 weeks later.

You answered the question I was about to ask. I think it was the SAS guys that mined the thing in an attempt to disrupt the commercial supply line between Zambia and Bots. I read about it in their book recently.
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: eberhard on March 02, 2020, 04:36:21 pm
An updated picture of the bridge.
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: windswept on March 02, 2020, 08:34:03 pm
If I'm not mistaken I think a mate of mine did the geotechnical drilling for the bridge. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: pietas on March 03, 2020, 07:42:41 am
In 1993 we were just to late to cross with the ferry from Zambia to Botswana. Being poor students, we just pitched our tents next to the border post and waited till the next morning.
As much as the alure of using a ferry to cross a massive river is there, as much the joy of not having to fight with hundreds of trucks for a place on the ferry is also there.

The bridge crossing the Zambesi at Tete in Mozambique was same thing. Especially when they repaired/rebuilt be bridge in late 2000's. The queues got long very quickly
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: eberhard on March 04, 2020, 05:31:57 pm
Waiting for the trucks to come off the ferry was always a time consuming event. Here the truck on the ferry was pulled off the ferry with another truck that was waiting to get onto the ferry. I sat and smoked and watch this. It was battling heavily. Its power could not overcome the dip in which the horse was which it was pulling. Spinning tyres and the usual. Then the rope broke. Next they got a separate horse to pull. Same problem. Could not get it out of the dip. Then the rope broke again. I kept smoking. I figured out this is going to take a while, so I took initiative. I switched the bike on and drove onto the ferry on the shoulder between the truck and the side of the ferry. It looks wider from this angle, but when perpendicular to it, there was just enough space - bike was packed. Panniers, etc.

That was a very scary moment for me. One mistake and I was either under the wheels of the truck, or in the Zambezi.  It went well. I parked the bike and returned to enjoy another smoke. In the meantime someone had figured out to fetch diesel. They came there with three or four coke bottles with diesel and poured it into the tank of the stuck truck. The driver got in, switched on and drove off. Then suddenly everybody swamped onto the ferry where I was already comfortably and securely parked.
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: Fudmucker on March 13, 2020, 02:05:49 pm
I enjoyed the Left Hand Drive sticker:
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: Welsh on March 13, 2020, 02:24:17 pm
I crossed over with that ferry in 2010 when Mrs Zog and I did a trip with my old Landy.

We visited Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, back into Botswana. Mrs Zog returned to SA with the Landy from Bots and I went straight back to work in Zambia...

It was a trip of a lifetime  :thumleft:

No wonder you are good with your hands and a bit of Spanner throwing, you had a Landy.  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Kazungula Bridge
Post by: Mr Zog on March 14, 2020, 01:06:46 am
I crossed over with that ferry in 2010 when Mrs Zog and I did a trip with my old Landy.

We visited Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, back into Botswana. Mrs Zog returned to SA with the Landy from Bots and I went straight back to work in Zambia...

It was a trip of a lifetime  :thumleft:

No wonder you are good with your hands and a bit of Spanner throwing, you had a Landy.  :peepwall:

That is so true Welsh  :deal:  :thumleft:  :imaposer:

During that trip I drowned my alternator in a particularly deep and muddy water crossing. The bearings in the alternator gave up and we were stranded!

So I took off the alternator and drove back from the Barotse flood plain into the nearest village where we at least had cellphone comms. I scouted around and managed to find two bearings at a "spares shop" in the village. The next morning early I installed the bearings and we headed back out onto the Barotse, where we did a total of another 56 water crossings, then drove all the way back down through Namibia and into Botswana. The alternator wasn't enjoying the crappy Chinese bearings though, so finally I was able to get a new alternator in Potgietersrust on the way back to Pretoria...

Stuff like that turned the trip into an adventure  :ricky: